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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies - Marias River Montana
We suggest a 5 weight fly line for most of the dry fly fishing on the Marias River tailwater. You
will probably want to use a 6 weight fly line for streamers and large nymphs.
You would want a fly rod to handle both of the above line sizes. The five weight fly rod should
be between eight and one half to nine feet in length. A medium action would be best in our
opinion. The 6 weight rod would be best in a nine foot length and a medium fast action. We
think a slightly stiffer tip makes a better nymph rod.
Both reels, the one for the five weight rod and the six weight rod, should have good disc drags.
The drag should be smooth and adjust to fine increments.
You should probably be using at least a 7 foot leader. There are a few situations where you
may want to go up to 12 feet, such as during the Trico hatch or when you are fishing midges.
Shorter leaders may be preferred for streamers. We recommend you have spare leaders in
sizes ranging from 1X for streamers, up to 7X for small dry flies.
Spare tippet material should range in sizes ranging from 1X to 7X.
Waders are recommended. We always prefer the breathable type unless you are fishing in
extremely cold water. You may prefer neoprene waders for the cold water.
Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles may work well. We haven't tried them
A wading staff would be strictly optional.
We recommend a landing net, but it isn't a requirement.
We always recommend our "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. These flies are far more realistic and far
more effective that most flies are on the Marias River tailwater and most anywhere else for that
matter. If you haven't already done so, please give them a try.
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